NEW ORLEANS — The ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans,’ Irma Thomas, will serve as Honorary Muse for the Krewe of Muses this Mardi Gras season.
Krewe of Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg made the announcement on Thursday.
"On 'Muses Thersday', February 16th, Thomas will lead the parade riding in the 17-foot-tall fiber optic encrusted red high-heel shoe float." Rosenberg says, “We are thrilled to have Irma Thomas as our 2023 Honorary Muse. We refer to her as our 'Sole Queen.' She is an inspiration and a role model to all of the Muses."
The Grammy Award-winning, blues, and gospel singer has been performing for over 60 years and continues to be a local favorite and one of the top headliners at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The Muses parade rolls two days before Irma Thomas’ 82nd birthday. A spokesperson for the Krewe says they are excited to offer the honor as an early birthday gift to the legendary performer.
The Krewe of Muses rolls Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 pm.